Kerameikos tour: The “Elysian Fields” of Art

Athens, Greece

17 dekaefta

Stops

7

Stories

30

Distance

Indoor

Duration

30min

Audio

No

Description

A fascinating self-guided audio walking tour in Kerameikos’ cemetery in Athens with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

Kerameikos: The “Elysian Fields” of Art is an elegiac new tour about the classical cemetery of Athens, final resting place of many prominent Athenians such as Pericles. Kerameikos, once described as the fairest neighbourhood of ancient Athens, is an archaeological site packed with history, art, and natural beauty totally unexpected in this busy and crowded part of contemporary downtown Athens.

The tour begins with the exquisite funerary monuments in the museum of Kerameikos, a treasure trove of ancient Greek art but also a melancholy discourse on the fleeting beauty of youth and life. The museum’s courtyard is small and yet in the few steps it takes to see it from one end to the other you will discover centuries of funerary practices and the figure of Virgin Mary comforting the living and the dead. The Road of the Tombs resembles a field of marbles in bloom as you walk towards an open-air temple where the Athenians worshipped their common ancestors and young couples asked for assistance from their ancestors in their efforts to be happy.

Then you encounter Eridanos, the smallest of the three rivers of ancient Athens, that still flows through the city today, largely unseen. Here it creates an unexpected mini-ecosystem that charms all visitors. traverses Athens today. The Sacred Gate is a place where history comes alive as you see the very stones and pieces of marble used by Themistocles to build the wall of Athens after the city’s destruction by the Persians in 480 BC. The Pompeion was a dining venue for philosophers and comedians, but during the great feasts of Athens it became an immense meat market that supplied thousands of people with meat from the sacrifices in honor of the goddess Athena. Dipylon was the most impressive gate of Athens but also served as a meeting place for travelers and a convenient spot where young people could leave love notes (on the walls).

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.

Highlights

  • The Museum

    1. The Museum

    Even the saints must learn the secrets of their art. St. George was taught how to kill dragons following the steps of a true Athenian hero.
  • The Road of the Tombs

    2. The Road of the Tombs

    A marble road where dogs, bulls and sad slaves keep alive the memory of the ancient Athenians lying here forever.
  • The Pompeion

    3. The Pompeion

    Philosophers and comedians dined in the Pompeion, but during the great feasts of Athens it became an immense meat market that supplied thousands of people with meat from the sacrifices in honor of the goddess Athena.

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Details

Starting point Ermou 48, Athina

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.